Health sciences students are studying in style thanks to UCT’s recently renovated Health Sciences Library.
Motivated by a pressing need to upgrade the existing library facilities, the renovation included the creation of an all-important 24/7 study venue within the library.
The resultant space, named the Impilo Junction, seats 60 students. The venue, which is fully air-conditioned and kitted out with audiovisual technologies, can also be used as a training and presentation space.
The upgrade included a revamp to the library entrance.
“A more formal entrance area to the library was created with a distinctive look and feel, and this entrance space also includes an additional consulting space for more complex enquiries,” explained Scott Bonar, project manager of the libraries information systems and resources.
Students will find the library loan desk reduced in size, and relocated to the main reading room, which now houses 16 computers.
The main reading room now houses 16 computers.
“Since opening in April, the feedback we have received from staff and students has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are still amazed at how quickly it has been embraced.”
The existing Helen Brown Reading Room was also upgraded. The facility now has new seating, improved lighting and an additional seminar room, which was carved out of an unused alcove.
“Since opening in April, the feedback we have received from staff and students has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are still amazed at how quickly it has been embraced,” said Bonar.
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